This programme combines the study of a modern language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish) with development of journalistic skills relevant to a wide range of professional contexts.
Not only will you become highly competent in your chosen language but you will also gain advanced knowledge of the cultures and societies of the countries in which the language is spoken. The journalism modules are taught by industry professionals with experience not only in how to write for different media and audiences, but also in how the industry works. By the end of the programme you will have developed high-level journalistic skills, and an understanding of the cultural, political and industrial contexts of journalism.
The programme is also available full-time over 3 years, full-time over 4 years including a year of study abroad, and for part-time evening study over 6 years.
Indicative journalism option modules
Indicative comparative culture option modules
Indicative French option modules
Indicative German option modules
Indicative Japanese option modules
Indicative Portuguese and Spanish option modules
Please note that not all modules are available every year; the list above is indicative.
You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of modules in the course of your study.
If you enter the language pathway at complete beginner or lower intermediate level, the degree awarded will reflect this (e.g. BA Journalism and Spanish).
For entry levels from upper intermediate to proficiency, the degree awarded will reflect this (e.g. BA Spanish and Journalism).
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
If you wish to study French, German, Japanese or Spanish, this programme is suitable for applicants at language entry levels from GCSE-level/A2 (CEFR) to proficiency, including native speaker level. If you wish to study Portuguese, you must have at least A-level/B2 (CEFR) competence.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don’t meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
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Teaching and assessment
A combination of lectures, seminars, small-group work, tutorials and discussion groups as well as practical creative workshops, media-related tours and guest lectures.
Language modules are usually assessed by coursework, examinations and sometimes in-class tests and/or presentations. Journalism modules are assessed by demonstration of practical skills such as layout and design, as well as essays, and occasionally writing exercises, audio-visual presentations, mind maps, conceptual representations and digital media diaries.